In just one month, The Walking Dead will be back with a vengeance on AMC as the latest (and perhaps most terrifying) villains make their debut – The Whisperers. Fans were given their first introduction to The Whisperers during season nine’s midseason finale when a seemingly normal walker suddenly dodged Jesus’ attack, killing him instead.
While the group was beginning to think that the walkers were evolving, the episode ended with Daryl, Michonne, and Aaron peeling a mask off of the walker to unveil that it was actually a human in disguise.
So, who exactly are The Whisperers and what sort of trouble is on the horizon now that they’ve arrived? Showrunner Angela Kang spoke with Entertainment Weekly and revealed quite a lot about what fans can expect from not only The Whisperers but their ruthless leader Alpha (Samantha Morton).
Meaning, that for nine seasons we’ve seen our group of survivors, and even the villains, strive to create an amicable and structured community to live in, but now they’re going to be facing a group who believe in a completely different way of doing things.
After Rick’s “death” and the six-year time jump, fans quickly learned that a lot of group relations had dissolved over the years. So, now that there’s this huge threat on the horizon, they’re going to have to try and figure out a way to start communicating and working together again.
Throughout its run, The Walking Dead has tended to fall into this villain pattern of introducing a new “big bad” before the group defeats them and moves on. According to Kang, things won’t be as easy this time around.
What are your thoughts on The Whisperers? Are you excited for their arrival? You can check out the full interview here!
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 10th and 9/8c!